Sinead Kissane

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The Ireland women’s rugby team were singularly unimpressed by the IRFU announcement of a six-month part-time coach.   Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“The successful delivery of the Women’s Rugby World Cup is of huge importance for the future growth of the game in Ireland.” – Kevin Potts, head of Ir(...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony in action during the Guinness Pro 14 game against Leinster at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There are plenty of former rugby players working in the media nowadays. The Irish Times columnist Gordon D’Arcy recently incensed the Sunday Times rug(...)

Ireland supporters feel the strain during the World Cup Pool D game against Italy at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Well, aren’t we the neighbourly lot altogether? All this talk about the tournament losing its spark with England’s exit on Saturday night was hard to (...)

This, as all TV slobs will readily attest to, is bad news. Not so much because we want all rugby all the time, you understand. It’s more that when you know there is a game every night, you don’t have to waste brain power wondering when the next one is.

Before we get on to what the Rugby World Cup will be as a viewing experience, it may serve us well to point out from the start what it will not be.(...)

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